House Speaker Says Budget Deal NOT Done

John Boehner Republican

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said today that there is not yet a budget deal between House Republicans and Senate Democrats. Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden said “we’re all working off the same number,” which everyone took to mean that the basic structure of the deal had been worked out.

Mr. Biden’s preemptive close riled Tea Party Republicans, who are expecting the Republicans House to deliver at least $60 billion in discretionary spending cuts.  The heat from the Tea Party was apparently intense enough that Speaker Boehner felt the need to say what he said today.

Specifically, he said: “There’s no agreement. Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.”  This is Kabuki-speak for “we had the outlines of a deal, but I couldn’t sell it to my caucus, so we need to regroup.”

You can read a good account of all this here.

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